Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.
The Armistice effectively ending World War I went into effect at 11AM on November 11, 1918. After several earlier false rumors of the suspension of hostilities, official word of the signing of the armistice arrived in Washington in the following telegram.
After this came the struggle for the peace treaties at the Paris Peace Conference.
See these earlier posts for a description of the Department of State’s so-called “World War I file”, the records of The Inquiry, and the records of the American Commission to Negotiate Peace.